Crisa’s Red Velvet Cupcake Recipe

Do you remember the amazing cupcakes I wrote about in our Julia Child inspired Valentine’s Day Dinner?  Well, Crisa was kind enough to offer up the recipe for me to share with you all (including her own comments).

This recipe is very special to her as it’s her Grandma Sandlin’s recipe.  As you can imagine, I’m even all the more thrilled to be sharing it with you because of its special history.  Don’t things with stories make them so much better?  I think so.


1/2 cup shortening
1 1/2 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 cup buttermilk
21/2 cups flour
1/4 cup red food color (I did 1/8 cup food color, 1/8 cup water and I thought they were red enough!)
1 tsp baking soda
2 tbsp cocoa
1 tsp salt
2 tbsp vinegar
1 tbsp vanilla


The Cake

Cream shortening and sugar.  Add eggs; beat one minute.  Mix cocoa with food coloring and add to above.  Add salt and vanilla to buttermilk.  Add alternately with flour.  Mix vinegar and soda.  Add to mixture last and quickly.  Bake at 350 for 30-35 mins (for cupcakes it’s 20-25 mins, test with toothpick for “doneness”).  Cool completely before frosting!

The Frosting

1 cup milk (I used half-and-half)
5 tbsp flour

Mix and heat until thick.  Cool really well.  Mix 1 cup butter and 1 cup powdered sugar.  Beat together until smooth.  Add cooled mixture.  Beat until fluffy and frost cake.  (BTW:  I doubled this frosting recipe in order to have the mound of frosting I did on each cupcake.  Even for a cake version, I feel like it could be doubled, but you can decide on that.)


Thanks so much to Crisa for sharing this amazing recipe with us.  Now get to baking you all.

Happy Thursday!


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4 Responses to “Crisa’s Red Velvet Cupcake Recipe”

  1. Sara Beresford Says:

    WOW!!! These sound AMAZING!!

  2. Bree Says:

    yay!!!! thank you for sharing :)

  3. Crisa Herzog Says:

    Yeah, you all, seriously…once you have THIS recipe, everyother red velvet attempt will fail miserably!! Enjoy!

  4. Bake Date « bricka brack Says:

    […] night Crisa and I got together while Alex was in class.  We were both craving her Red Velvet Cupcakes so we decided to make them last […]

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